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A 'jumping gene's' preferred targets may influence genome evolution

Our genetic blueprint contains numerous entities known as transposons, which have the ability to move from place to place on the chromosomes within a cell. An astounding 50 percent of human DNA comprises both active transposon elements and the decaying remains of former transposons. Every time a plant or animal cell prepares to divide, the chromosome regions richest in transposon-derived sequences are among the last to duplicate.
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Defending the genome

Academics / General Science : Science Codex (3 years ago)

WORCESTER, Mass. – Small, mobile sequences of DNA left over from viruses, called transposons or "jumping genes" because of their ability to move around the genome, pose a significant threat to the genetic integrity and stability of ... Read Post

More variation in human genome than expected: Surprisingly common transposons or 'jumping genes' are known to cause disease

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (5 years ago)

Scientists are finding more variation in the human genome than they had expected, according to new research. The study is one of the first to take an in-depth look at transposons, segments of DNA that can replicate themselves and mo... Read Post

Genome Evolution May Be Influenced By A 'Jumping Gene's' Preferred Targets

Health : Medical News Today (3 years ago)

The human genome shares several peculiarities with the DNA of just about every other plant and animal. Our genetic blueprint contains numerous entities known as transposons, or "jumping genes," which have the ability to move from pl... Read Post

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